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Charlotte police shoot and kill man during home domestic dispute, police say

CMPD officer shoots and kills man during a domestic call

A Charlotte police officer responds to a domestic disturbance call and then shoots and kills a man in his home.
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A Charlotte police officer responds to a domestic disturbance call and then shoots and kills a man in his home.

Delano Williams was supposed to have been served with a domestic violence protection order sometime Friday, according to court records and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Instead, he was shot and killed early Friday by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.

Police responded to two 911 calls at a northeast Charlotte house overnight. The first time, around 8 p.m. Thursday, a suspicious person had left already so police moved on, according to a CMPD news release.

But just after midnight, someone called 911 to say her father was pointing a gun at her aunt, according to CMPD. The caller’s mother was in the house, too, she said. The 911 operator heard gunshots in the background of the call, police said.

When police arrived at the house on Ernest Russell Court, not far from Mallard Creek Road, they heard gunshots coming from inside, according to CMPD.

Then a woman who was shot in the leg came out of the house, police said. She said her sister was still inside, and was worried her brother-in-law was going to kill her, according to CMPD.

Police officers went to the back of the house, where officer John Juhasz “perceived an imminent, lethal threat” and shot Williams, according to CMPD. Williams, 45, was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

Police found a gun at the scene and believe it was in Williams’ possession at the time of the shooting, according to CMPD.

This is the third time someone was shot and killed by CMPD this year, and the 14th time since CMPD Chief Kerr Putney took office in summer 2015.

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According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the incident happened at a home in this area of Ernest Russell Court in northeast Charlotte. Jane Wester/Charlotte Observer

Juhasz has been with the department since February 2017. He’s been placed on paid administrative leave while police investigate the shooting and examine whether department policies were followed, which is standard procedure for CMPD.

The woman’s gunshot wound is believed to be non-life-threatening, police said. Three teenage children were at the house that night, according to CMPD, but all three escaped before police arrived.

Neighbors describe quiet area

Neighbor Vincent Holmes Jr., 20, said he, his mom and his little brother saw police sprinting up and down their street with shotguns overnight.

They stayed up for a while and watched from the window, he says, and eventually saw police bring “a body” out of the house.

Holmes, an industrial engineering student on summer break from NC A&T, said his family has lived down the street from the house where the shooting happened for several years, and it’s a quiet area.

He said he didn’t know the family in this house, but he’d never noticed any issues at the house.

Domestic violence order

Williams’ wife filed a motion for a domestic violence protection order against him this week, and it was signed by a magistrate Thursday, according to Mecklenburg County Court records.

Williams’ North Carolina criminal history involves only traffic violations, according to records.

In her motion, Williams’ wife wrote that he became angry with her Monday and refused to let her sleep for the next three nights. The Observer typically does not name the victims of domestic violence.

Delano Williams had continually berated and harassed his wife, she wrote. She had hidden his gun after he threatened to shoot her three years ago, she wrote, but he was threatening other violence.

She added that their children were present and “terrified” while their father made threats. Williams was also interfering with her work, she wrote, because she worked from home and he harassed her during conference calls.

Williams had made frequent suicide threats in the past and “continually” made them starting Monday, she wrote.

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